Koan from Jiro

Jiro Ono was eighty-five years old. He owned Japan’s most expensive restaurant, a tiny place called Sukiyabashi that served only sushi. As a child in school, he explained, he was a bad kid. So, when a school asked him to speak with the children, he worried what to tell them. He thought to explain that one can be bad-natured, but change and still be successful. But then, he mused,that would encourage  all the kids to start misbehaving, and that would be a problem.

You can’t have everyone going around doing what they’re told to do. 

What I love about Jiro is that his passion, something which guided his dreams, brought him to enjoy life as an experience. He found purpose and happiness one in the same as he aspired to create sushi from his dreams. But today, the oceans are fished out, and the California Roll is made from imitation crab. At the end of the movie Jiro Dreams of Sushi, the tamago tent roll is very beautiful. As a former sushi chef, I found the film to be very wise and touching.

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3 Replies to “Koan from Jiro”

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    1. I get a sense of urgency from the film, a desire to communicate the impact of Jiro’s legacy on both the small and large scale. I will flesh it out. Thank you.


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